What Did We Learn About Eagles After Win Over Packers
Nick Foles deferred a question about the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job to his head coach.
Foles keeps making resounding statements on the field.
A week after tying the NFL record by passing for seven TDs, Foles connected for three long scores and Philadelphia pulled way for a 27-13 victory Sunday over the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers.
"That's a question for Chip," Foles said, referring to coach Chip Kelly. "Whatever the situation is, I'll be there to support whoever is playing."
Ten touchdowns in two weeks and no interceptions on the season. Seems like enough to hold on to the job even if Michael Vick returns soon from a hamstring injury.
"Maybe we've got some stability at the quarterback spot," Kelly said.
Five things learned after the Eagles (5-5) handed Green Bay (5-4) its second straight loss at home for the first time since 2008:
QB DOWN: Packers quarterback used to be one of the most stable positions in the NFL. Green Bay had just three starters at the position over the last 22 years - Brett Favre (253 games), Aaron Rodgers (86) and Matt Flynn (two).
Things have changed drastically. Rodgers fractured his left collarbone in last week's loss to the Bears. Replacement Seneca Wallace started Sunday and left after the first series with a sore groin.
Third-stringer Scott Tolzien, just signed off the practice squad last week, played well for Wallace given the circumstances. He was 24 for 39 for 280 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick in the end zone by Brandon Boykin on an underthrown pass to Jordy Nelson.
Still, Tolzien looked good enough to coach Mike McCarthy that he was anointed the starter for next week's game against the Giants.
"I'm the head coach. I've made the decision," McCarthy said. "That's the direction I'm going."
FOLES UP: Things are certainly looking up for Foles after a second straight win on the road. Kelly likes Foles' command on the playbook. He's impressed that Foles "doesn't really make egregious mistakes out there."
Foles finished 12 for 18 for 228 yards. After a choppy start, the offense gained traction in the second half.
"Nick is playing out of this world right now," running back LeSean McCoy said.
SHADY DAY: After three games of gaining no more than 55 yards rushing, McCoy broke out for 155 yards on 25 carries against a Packers defense that had been stout against the run.
McCoy softened the D with runs of 9 and 25 yards on the Eagles' first series of the second half before Foles found Riley Cooper for the 45-yard score and a 17-3 lead.
Cooper finished with three catches for 102 yards and two scores. DeSean Jackson had four catches for 80 yards and a 55-yard touchdown off a pass deflected by cornerback Tramon Williams.
"Do you want to stop the run? And we're making plays in the air, so it's a matter of picking your poison," McCoy said.
BURNED DEEP: Pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews returned from a thumb injury wearing a heavy black wrap to protect his right hand. The Packers did get three sacks, but Matthews was mainly neutralized by the Eagles' tricky, quick-strike offense.
Whatever the reason, Foles exposed the Packers' secondary.
Granted, Jackson's touchdown came on the deflected pass. But Cooper was open over the middle on a 45-yard score, then rolled across the goal line after he went untouched.
Cooper scored late in the third on a 32-yard pass after safety Morgan Burnett slipped in coverage, leaving the receiver open near the goal line.
"If you give up catches that are earned, OK, we can live with that. If it's just breakdowns in the defense, those are things we can't live with," Williams said. "Obviously, there were a couple fluke plays out there but those things happen and you have to live with them."
ROAD WARRIORS: All five Eagles' wins have come on the road, with the lone blemish a loss at Denver.
They won a test of attrition at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Left tackle Jason Peters left with a quad injury.
They're 0-4 at home and yet still in the race in the mediocre NFC East.
"We're not good at home and we're good on the road. We better figure it out because we're coming home," Kelly said.
Philly's next three games are at home, starting next week against the Redskins.